Beauty V/Blogger Crush: TheBeautyBreakdown

Quick post on this new girl crush of mine: Morgan of TheBeautyBreakdown! I like her product reviews. She’s so gorgeous and girly (the kind that one can never hate IYKWIM), dontcha think? Her MAC shade is NC20-25 which is the same as mine and for that fact alone, I’ll be stalking her face base reviews.

One of her vids that I’ve already watched (the product featured is something I’m so excited to get a hold of) her first impression on L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation. Enjoy. I commented on her video that she’s so cute in portion 2:30 – 2:36. XD

Check out/follow/subscribe to her Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Blog (click on the links to head over to her online platforms and accounts).

Celeteque DermoScience Hydration Facial Moisturizer

Now that it’s summer, one of the hottest ones yet as predicted by PAG-ASA, more gals would be apprehensive in moisturizing with their creamier, heavier moisturizer. No one likes that sticky, heavy, greasy feeling! Celeteque DermoScience Hydration Facial Moisturizer, that widely-popular heaven-sent product for oily-skinned gals is also every-woman-of-varying-skin-type’s savior.

Me? I use it all year long. I do dabble with the occasional maitry-lang-for-the-sake-of-it moisturizer . But I always come back to my first moisturizer love.

From their website:

CÉLETEQUE DermoScience™ Hydration Facial Moisturizer has Triple Moisturizing System that contains Glycerin, Provitamin B5 and Aloe Vera that work deep down to provide lasting relief from skin dryness. Its unique hydrogel formula provides the skin with optimum hydration without the greasy after-feel.

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Human Heart Nature Nourishing Facial Wash + Toner

I’ve been dabbling a lot more in the world of natural beauty products as of late. It’s nice to know that there are now numerous brands striving to sway more people into using organic/natural beauty and skin care products as a healthier alternative to our chemical-laden daily essentials. Go online on IG, you’ll see them.

I’m a years-old fan of Human Heart Nature, though I confess to just dipping my toes and using their products on-and-off. I’ve recently added their Nourishing Facial Wash and Toner to my skin care routine. This line is for normal or sensitive skin. I use both at night, though I often skip the toner. 😛

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GYBST: Whiff of Perfume Nectarine Pearl and Spring Floral Drops

First and foremost, I christen these fragrance posts as GYBST (acronym for Gee, Your Body Smells Terrific. Four-cheese pizza, please! Hahahaha).

Now that that’s out of the way, for my first post under this category I chose these two EDPs that I have been obsessed about (the one more than the other) since I first got them.

Whiff of Perfume is a brand that I’ve discovered via Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio in July 2015. Shortly after ordering these bottles that I have, I’ve read about it in Girltalk.

From their Facebook page:

whiff [noun] \ˈhwif, ˈwif\
: a slight trace or indication of scents
: a quick puff or slight gust especially of air, incense, and smell

We are a company that manufactures bottled fragrances carefully crafted with passion from Grasse, France. Customized for every discerning individual, each scent comes from precise raw materials, and tells a story.

Long lasting fragrances crafted with passion in small batches. Precise raw materials from world’s finest oils, made affordable. We age our perfumes.

My orders came in these minimalist black boxes. Pardon the wear on these, I’ve had these for a long time already. 😛

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What I’ve ordered are Nectarine Pearl and Spring Floral Drops, both in 30mL priced at Php395 each. After smelling them, I wished I bought the 70mL bottles. 😛

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Deonat Aloe Mineral Deodorant Roll-On

The very first deodorant I’ve tried when I was in high school is from Secret. I dunno, something about the brand name appealed to me at the time. It sounded feminine and a little cheeky. 😛

After my brief romance with Secret, I tried Rexona; from their deo sticks to their lotions. To date, I have a few years long relationship with Dove roll-on deos. I think I’m about to break up with Dove too, because of this mineral deodorant I’m currently using.

And what do you know, Deonat’s roll-on deodorant is your friendly old neighborhood tawas (alum) in liquid form!

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I chose the aloe variant because, well, you know, aloe. Aloe = moisturizing in my head.  I like that it’s paraben-free and has no Aluminium chlorohydrate (according to Wikipedia: a group of specific aluminium salts having the general formula AlnCl(3n-m)(OH)m and is used in deodorants and antiperspirants. Some studies refute and some support that said chemical has a hand in breast cancer development. Yikes. No definite conclusion yet though. High five if you enjoyed reading that, fellow nerd!). If I remember it right this costs around Php 100-120 (I lost the receipt). Let’s see if the additional (roughly) 20 php is worth the jump? Continue reading

Verdon Keratin Hair Spa in Pomegranate

Weekly visits to the salon can be quite expensive for most women, thus being able to have a hair spa/keratin treatment right at home is very much desired, right girls?

Just a quick review on a recent hair discovery.

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The hype is real guys.

The Verdon Ne Silky Organic Nourishing Keratin Hair Spa has been so far a great help to my hair. I’ve been using this large-ass tub of hair-lovin’ goodness for about three weeks now and I think it’s time to give a verdict on it. I got it through Shopee PH, btw from seller allenellema for Php 150 (transaction via the online shopping app was a breeze, I was able to use a discount code, and was able to receive all my purchases within 3 days yay!). I’ve heard about fake Verdon products being sold online (read about it from Ms. Lyn’s post and review on similar product here: https://lynvidallon.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/featured-brand-verdon-x-clareal/) but I’m sure the one I bought is authentic based on the consistency of the product. Here are some photos for your reference:

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Makeup Inspiration: Elsa and Anna of Frozen

I know that I am quite late in this, but I’ve watched Frozen just last month. I knew the existence of this film way before it was shown because of a certain article in a women’s magazine website about films to watch out for in 2013, and I made a mental note to check it out. Unfortunately, the note got lost in the sea of daily brain activities, and I missed it during its run in the cinemas here in the Philippines.

I liked that there had been online debate on whether this film is really about girl power and all that. One of the main protagonists is a queen, not a princess, and does not have a love interest at this point (Frozen 2 anyone?). The younger main protagonist, Anna, learns that not all princes are good, some pretend to be just to have their own kingdom to rule, and that sometimes it’s the person you’ve never noticed before who is the one for you . He may not have a title, he may not be the most handsome, but he cares for you.

Speaking of caring, Olaf is the most adorable snowman of the decade, dishing out the classic lines: “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours,” and “Some people are worth melting for.” Some people are worth the sacrifice, out of our love for them and out of our genuine concern for their welfare. I also adore the sisterly love element in this film. If this was Disney’s attempt to depart from the traditional damsel-in-distress-oh-I-need-a-man-in-my-life-preferrably-a-prince roster of princesses, it did a pretty great job.

Btw, my favorite “princesses” (because one is not, and is just pertained to as one by the viewing public) are Mulan, Pocahontas, and now, Elsa (who is actually a queen, so she’s in a league of her own). And yes, my mind automatically plays Let it Go at the moment.

CONGRATULATIONS are in order by the way, because Frozen won Best Animated Film in the Academy Awards!

So in celebration of Women’s Month, Frozen’s Oscar win, and my inability to properly put on eyeshadow, I give you thee…

…my own version of Elsa AND Anna’s makeup in the movie!

Elsa’s tranformation was a sight to behold. She looked super reserved and dreary and boring prior to her escaping into the ice-capped mountains, an outward representation of her holding everything back, her loneliness and sadness. When she finally felt free and was able to tap into her powers, the transformation beats Sailormoon’s. I bet 90s kids would agree.

Her look is basically, purple/lavender lids with hot pink/burgundy crease, pink cheeks and nose tip (“baby, it was cold outside” look), and a fuchsia berry to cranberry lip color (depends whether you follow the “press photos” or stills in the movie). I created the look with purple lids, hot pink crease, pink cheeks and end of the nose, and cranberry lips.

FACE:

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse foundation in 030 Nude

K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer #03

Snoe Beauty Poudre Extraordinaire in Perfect Beige

Beauty UK blusher in Candy Pink

Snoe Beauty Poudre Phenomenon

EYES:

ELF Eyelid Primer

Fashion 21 Stick Eyeshadow/Liner in Lilac

Aido Classic Makeup Kit (used the purple e/s at bottom right)

Ever Bilena Matte Eyeshadow Quartet in Golden Siren (used the red e/s)

BYS Neon Eyeshadow Palette (used the hot pink and purple e/s)

Essence mono eyeshadow in 35 Party All Night

San San Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black

Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Express Mascara

False eyelashes

Nichido Minerals/Spot Concealer in Neutral (for the waterline)

In2it Waterproof Eyebrow Colour

LIPS:

Lip Ice Fruity Lip Balm in Orange Mandarin

Avon True Color Lipstick in Hibiscus

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Fig Jam

Anna is a burst of sunshine. She’s brave, a dash naive, a hopeless romantic, clumsy at times, and very funny.

I love her look because it’s practically no makeup makeup look if you tame down the blush. Neutral eyes, pink cheeks and nude pink lips. And don’t forget the freckles! I didn’t use a very pink blush for my look though.

FACE:

Benefit The Porefessional primer

Snoe Let it B with Wasabi BB Cream in Perfect Beige

K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer #03

Snoe Beauty Poudre Extraordinaire in Perfect Beige

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed

Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Eyes (for the freckles)

EYES:

ELF Eyelid Primer

Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Eyes

Flormar Matte Terracotta Eyeshadow in M110

San San Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black

Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Express Mascara

False eyelashes

Nichido Minerals/Spot Concealer in Neutral (for the waterline)

In2it Waterproof Eyebrow Colour

LIPS:

BareNaturals Natural Pink Lip (and Nipple) Gel

San San HD Lipstick in Nude Brown

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Baby Doll

Sorry I didn’t include instructions because it’s pretty easy to do actually.

I just slapped everything on. I kid. 😛

Happy Women’s Month ladies!

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains

My first brush with lip crayons was with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Lovesick). I wanted to collect almost all of the shades (minus the red with orange undertone, orange, pale peach ones because I generally don’t favor “corals” and “oranges” and “anything that would make me look dead”).

Among the chubby lip crayons/gloss balms/balm stains/whathaveyous that have sprouted in makeuplandia, I’d like to try Tarte LipSurgence and Clinique’Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balms (their first release of sheer washes of color and the Intense line) the most though they are obviously on the expensive side. Oh, and Revlon has upped their lip crayon game with their latest offering: the Colorburst Lacquer Balms and Matte Balms! I hope to find an online seller with reasonable prices for them!

Truly, the lip crayon craze has bowled the horde of makeup enthusiasts over and I predict it won’t be ending soon. I see why. It’s a lazy girl’s dream come true. No need to sharpen (= no product wastage), just twist it up. The fact that it is a pencil makes it easier to fill the lips with color, making it less likely to go beyond the lip lines, though in time and without proper upkeep, the pointed shape would be lost. And if you happen to have the lip color – balm – gloss hybrid (with legit moisturizing prowess + you’re going for the somewhat glossy look) then dang it girl, you can just swipe it on and you’re out the door.

Let me introduce you to my newfound friends… (Yes I have a very twisted notion of friendship. One in which I consume them. Literally. Because  I eat whatever I put on my lips.)

Say hello to my Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains!

Yeah, they look like Revlon JBKBS’ retractable packaging without the silver detail on the twistable end. The concept is the same as well, with the product applying smoothly like a balm then wearing down to a stain.

Claims:

• Moisturizing Balm Infused with a Light-Weight Stain
• Applies with a Glossy Finish then Transforms into the Perfect Flush of Color
• Long-Lasting
• Retractable, No Sharpening Required
• Paraben-Free
• Made in USA

Really, I have to twist clockwise for the color to be dispensed? D’oh!

This product must be used up within 3 years. With the way I’ve been toting these babies around (and ignoring the rest of my lipstick stash), the expiration date doesn’t matter much.

Twisting up to the entire length, the product has the same amount as Revlon’s JBKBS (0.095 oz or 2.7 grams). It has a faint sweet candy smell to it, with no trace of mint that Revlon’s balm stains are famous for. There’s no distinct taste to this balm stain, and I like my lip products that way. Also, the shade number and name are printed on the tube, though everything written on the label would likely be scratched off in the long run (happened to my Revlon Lovesick).

I bought three shades from Carefreeshopper for only Php285 each. The tubes were initially sealed in plastic, assuring me that they haven’t been tested. In the US, these babies retail for $2.99 (Php130 give or take) at Walgreens outlets. Can I say affordable? But how do they fare?

Top to Bottom: Honey Love, Terra Crave, Sweet Pink
The color of the packaging corresponds to their shades, making life easier for the lipstick junkies.

Skin swatches

under natural light
Left to Right: Honey Love, Terra Crave, Sweet Pink

(not quite under sunlight)
Left to Right: Honey Love, Terra Crave, Sweet Pink

They come in eight shades, consisting of nudes, pinks, and brights. The other five are Tropical Frenzy, Cranberry Crush, Rock N Rouge, Nude Chic, and Candied Coral. I plan on getting the first three  mentioned (or four, depending on whether I deem Nude Chic a worthy purchase) and not Candied Coral, because…coral. I do hope that  Jordana will add some more shades into the mix.

I got the safest colors of the bunch. With new products, especially those that can only be bought online, it’s a little inconvenient that you can’t be sure how a certain shade would look on you. I pored over every published blog review before purchasing. Of course I had felt the need to buy three other “bolder” shades. What led me to decide buying these shades instead? The fact that I probably wouldn’t wear the bold ones as much as I would these. I’d still buy the three bolder shades. Probably. On a day when my self-control and good judgment would fly out the window.

Like the name suggests, this lip product applies like a balm and for a while there is indeed a smooth, lightweight and moisturizing layer on the lips. I appreciate that it doesn’t accentuate dry lips (meaning on a really badly chapped lips day, you can rely on it) and doesn’t feather into lines. It’s not greasy and uncomfortable on the lips at all! There’s a sheen to it but not heading to glossy goopsville. Pigmentation is superb! One light-handed swipe will give a sheer wash of color on the lips but a few passes more builds up the color. After some time it dries down to a stain which can be observed to be more pronounced for darker or brighter colors. The balmy part lasts for a few hours before it wears off and leaves a stain that could last for a long time (of course depending on your mouth’s activities and lip-licking habit). It doesn’t flake and it doesn’t leave my lips dry at the end of the day.

05 Honey Love

Oh Honey Love how I love thee! Honey Love is a rosy mauvy pink brown sort of MLBB. In person the mauvy tones are more obvious. Really pretty foolproof color. It’s said to be a dupe for Revlon Honey as THIS and THIS post seem to prove and THIS post debunks. I think they differ a few smidgens in pink tones.

Honey Love freshly applied

After 3 1/2 hours, here’s what remained on my lips. Just a teeny bit of stain methinks. Such is the case for neutral shades.

Now I shall ruthlessly distract you with this pan of pizza!

After devouring a slice plus some spaghetti, Honey Love is practically gone. (please excuse the remnants of food on my lower lip line. ugh gross)

08 Terra Crave

If you want to wear Fall on your lips, Terra Crave might help you with that. This spice shade reminds me of dried leaves in autumn. It’s work/office-friendly and something mature women would like. Not that I’m dismissing this one because I really like it!

Terra Crave freshly applied

After two hours, a visible stain remained.

I ate lunch and the stain faded. Color was left around my lip line.

02 Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink is a blue-toned bubblegum pink. I like that it’s not too bright but not boring at all.

Sweet Pink freshly applied

The stain after two hours. A tad deeper than the color when freshly applied. My lips were extra flaky that day but it’s not due to the product. My lips’ bad state was actually hidden by the balm stain but when the balm wore off, the ugly truth was revealed.

After lunch, the same fading happened with Sweet Pink as with Terra Crave.

Here’s a comparison of Jordana Twist & Shine’s packaging with Revlon JBKBS and Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me (review up next!)

Top to Bottom: Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me, Jordana Twist & Shine, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (the label has completely been erased)

Left to Right: Happy Skin SU&KM Summer Fling, Happy Skin SU&KM Crushing On You, Jordana T&S Honey Love, Jordana T&S Terra Crave, Jordana T&S Sweet Pink, Revlon JBKBS Lovesick)

After a few passes of tissue, here are the stains left. Sweet Pink and Lovesick are the brightest of the bunch, hence the stronger their stains are.

Comparison with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain: I think Twist & Shine is more moisturizing than the Revlon ones. It applies smoother and is creamier. At the end of the day, Revlon tends to dry up my lips a bit, which doesn’t happen with Jordana’s balm stains. I like both of them though.

The only cons I could think of for this product are availability (you have to buy it through online sellers or on their website) and the number of existing shades in the line (though they have a great variety with three nudes of different undertones, two pinks, a red, a coral, and a berry). Also, it’s worth noting that the cap is less snug than that of Revlon’s so it’s best to make sure it doesn’t come off when you put it away.

Overall, I really like these. As I’ve said, I’ll probably end up getting three (or four) more shades.

If you’re wondering how some of the shades would look like on warmer skin tones head over to Ishah x Beauty’s post HERE. For complete lip swatches, you can visit posts by Pang (Beauty Redefined by Pang), Crystal (Valentine Kisses), and Emily (BeautyBroadcast.net) HERE, HERE, and HERE. If you want to see comparison swatches for Revlon and Tarte dupe possibilities, pore over Shalunya’s post HERE. In my opinion, all shades would fit most skin tones. 🙂

Has the balm stain fever stricken you as well? Do share. 🙂

Haul: A top and something from Maybelline

Hey everyone! Really quick post on some stuff I got recently from SM Dept. Store.
Paperdolls top which was on sale at Php 550
Maybelline powder foundation To Go version – got them for Php 80+ because they were on sale!
A pink&beige and a brown scrunchie, Php 89.75 each
Kleenex facial tissues
Thanks to Helen’s post, I was alerted about this find:
Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Shine-Free Foundation To Go!
I needed a darker shade for correcting Über white makeup bases or BB creams so I got two shades: Natural and my usual Nude Beige. I wish they had Honey in To Go version though because I think it would do a better job than Natural for the purpose I’ve mentioned. They cost Php 99 each when not on sale, but I got them for a lower price! It has a mirror and a cutesy sponge too! Good job Maybelline! ☺
And that is all for this post!
Have a great week gorgeous!